An abandoned Hezbollah bunker near Naqoura. (The Daily Star/Nicholas Blanford)
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The recent war in Gaza and the discovery of the extent of Hamas' underground infrastructure has raised concerns in Israel that Hezbollah may have dug tunnels under Lebanon's southern border with Israel.Speculation over the possibility of cross-border tunnels being dug by Hezbollah has surfaced periodically since the monthlong war in summer 2006 when Hezbollah's extensive network of tunnels and bunkers in the southern border district was revealed.It is possible that Hezbollah dug some tunnels into Israel during that period, which have since been lying dormant.If Hezbollah has dug tunnels under the border, to what purpose will they put them?Since 2006, Hezbollah has hinted that in the event of another war with Israel, the party's cadres could be dispatched across the border to conduct raids and sabotage missions. In such an event, tunnels could provide the best means of sending relatively large numbers of Hezbollah fighters into Israel undetected. For example, in areas where the border follows a hill top or ridge, Hezbollah's engineers could have begun their tunnel on the valley floor on the Lebanese side and simply burrowed horizontally through the hill, passing 100 meters or more beneath the border fence before emerging the other side in Israel.
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